Active research is a strength of this program. Research in glaucoma of nonhuman primates, dogs and horses, equine corneal disease, ocular blood flow, ocular electrophysiology, and ocular laser therapy is ongoing. Residents actively participate in many types of research projects. Extensive collaboration with vision scientists in electron microscopy, biochemistry, and electrophysiology, and physicians specializing in glaucoma and retinal disease enhance the resident’s educational opportunities.
Ophthalmology residents participate in veterinary student training in the clinical clerkships for the juniors and seniors and teach in the ophthalmology diagnostic and surgery laboratories for sophomore & junior veterinary medical students. The ophthalmology residents have primary case responsibility under the supervision of ACVO certified faculty, teach senior veterinary students in the clinics, participate in rounds at the medical and veterinary schools, and take part in laboratories for 2nd and 3rd year veterinary students. Weekly journal club and monthly ocular pathology rounds enhance resident learning in preparation for the ACVO Certifying Examination. Residents have complete access to the excellent University of Florida Health Center Library for literature searches and reviews.
Ophthalmology residents participate in rotating ophthalmology emergency duty. Approximately 8.5 months a year will be spent in the very busy ophthalmology clinics seeing cases, performing surgeries and teaching veterinary medical students. Residents are required to complete all ACVO residency requirements, prepare and present a research project, and submit three written manuscripts for publication prior to completion of the residency. Attendance and presentations at rounds and seminars at the UFVH, local veterinary and ophthalmology meetings, the ACVO Basic Science Course and at the ACVO Residents Forum are also required.